Accounting Cougar Map

The Cougar Map is intended to guide you with suggestions for potential activities and career paths that can help you along your educational journey. Although everyone has different abilities, experiences and challenges, this Cougar Map can be used with the help of your advisors to prepare for the future you want with a clear vision of your college-to-career pathway. Please refer to the SXU Academic Catalog and academic planning resources for detailed degree requirements.

Sharpen intellectual and practical skills First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
  • Quantitative skills
  • Writing skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Word
  • Advanced writing and grammar
  • Business writing
  • Advanced quantitative skills
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Teamwork
  • Presentation skills
  • Technical skills
  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Public speaking
  • Writing
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Analytical skills
Engage with key resources on campus

Get help from tutors in a variety of subjects such as math and writing.

Get to know staff in Career Services who work with GSM students.

Bring writing assignments to the Writing Studio for help in fine tuning your papers.

Attend the GSM Careers in Accounting and Finance panel.

Declare Accounting as your major.

Develop your "elevator speech" with Career Services and your advisor.

Attend GSM Careers in Accounting and Finance panel in November.

Meet with your advisor.

Visit Career Services and GSM's Experiential Learning Center to create a job search plan.

Attend GSM Careers in Accounting and Finance panel in November and other networking events sponsored by Alumni Relations and Career Services.

Explore your global and social responsibility through leadership and service

Enroll in Cougars LEAD.

Join and attend events sponsored by registered student organizations (RSOs).

Explore service opportunities with Campus Ministry and Student Activities.

Participate actively in RSOs such as Business Students Association, Accounting Students Organization or Women in Business.

Apply for X-Factor Leadership opportunities.

Become a leader in the Accounting Students Organization.

Volunteer during a Spring Break Service Trip.

Work to complete Cougars LEAD.

Complete gold level in Cougars LEAD by designing a special leadership capstone project.

Recruit and mentor future leaders of RSOs.

Explore potential career opportunities and pre-professional experiences

Attend the Cougars Connect Networking Night in the fall and meet alumni working in a variety of capacities.

Explore Accounting careers with Career Services and your advisor.

Apply for on-campus employment or look for part-time jobs in the area to build your resume on Handshake.

Develop a resume in ENGL 224.

Research more about the field of accounting and its specialties.

Update LinkedIn profile to increase connections.

Join the SXU chapter of ASO

Attend the fall and spring SXU Internship and Job Fairs.

Meet with the GSM Experiential Learning Director for assistance with internships in auditing, tax, banking, government and Federal Reserve.

Explore full-time job opportunities.

Attend the SXU Internship and Job Fair.

Network with alumni and professionals and conduct informational interviews.

Plan for productive and meaningful summers

Create a CourseNetworking Portfolio through Canvas to begin building your professional profile.

Establish a LinkedIn profile and start making connections.

Apply for summer internships that offer relevant experience in business, accounting, finance and related areas.

Apply for summer internships that offer advanced skills related to your area of interest.

Participate actively in the Chicago chapter of ILCPAS, ACFE, CMA or other organizations.

Attend local and SXU networking events to connect with professionals.

Visit the GSM Center for Experiential Learning.